Some of my my friends probably will not like this, while others of you will nod and agree.
This is how I decided to get into the real estate industry:
I was running a photography and printing business in 1996 catering mainly to Realtors, called Digital Homefront. We were using the brand-new digital cameras that had hit the market, and we were printing property fliers and delivering them to agents. It was decent money because I was still in my 20’s with no kids, and my wife was still working at the time.
Near the last quarter of that year, I mentioned to my then-business partner that some of our customers (who were almost all real estate agents) were making a lot more money than we were, and they were not particularly smart people.
I think I said something like, “It can’t be rocket science.”
A couple of months later, we were licensed Realtors.
That was over 21 years ago.
I won’t claim I have never regretted it, but I genuinely enjoy what I do most of the time, and it’s been lucrative most years.
So now you know the truth.
I started my career because I determined that even dumb people could somehow make money selling homes in Austin.
It is not nearly as easy as it probably seems to those who are not licensed, and most agents are pretty sharp...but not all of them.